Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 362: Peril in Paperback

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



Peril in Paperback by Kate Carlisle is the sixth installment in her "Bibliophile" series. This book seems patterned after your typical Agatha Christie "locked room" mystery, in which the murder is committed in a room in which all members of a house party have gathered for a séance. But which guest helped another to the other side without being noticed?




A loud rumble of thunder roared outside, for real this time. The lights dimmed and stayed that way. The pounding footsteps grew closer.

(Chapter 5)








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Bibliophile #6

Rare books and antiquities expert Brooklyn Wainwright is thrilled to be invited to the fiftieth birthday party of her neighbor Susie’s aunt Grace. A retired founder of a major video game corporation, Grace is a larger-than-life character who’s turned her Lake Tahoe mansion into a fun house, full of everything from pinball machines and giant props to secret passageways and trapdoors. Brooklyn is most excited to catalog Grace’s extensive collection of rare paperback pulp fiction.

Part of the fun involves a séance, but after the lights flicker, one guest is found dead, poisoned by a cocktail intended for Grace. It seems someone is determined to turn Grace’s playful palatial estate into a house of horrors. Brooklyn suspects the key to the killer’s identity may lie in the roman à clef Grace has written about her life. With Grace in great peril, “Must read” takes on a whole new meaning, as Brooklyn tries to stop a murderer who’s through playing around.






Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 361: The Saturdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



Something a bit different this week—a classic children’s book, The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright, first published in 1941. Growing up, one of my sisters and I jointly owned a book by Enright called The Four-Story Mistake. It was one we both read multiple times, but strangely, I had never read anything else by Enright until now. I happened upon The Saturdays at the monthly library used book sale for only fifty cents, in like-new condition, so had to snap it up. This was an easy and fun read finished in one day.



It was easy to make this picture alive. Randy Stared at it fixedly, hardly breathing, hardly thinking, and pretty soon she thought she could smell the mixture of damp earth and burning leaves and smoke from distant chimney pots; she thought she could hear the hum of the city and the clear voices of children somewhere out of sight. A day had come and gone, years ago, and still it was alive.

(Chapter 2)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Melendy Family #1

When your Saturday comes, what will you do with it?

The four Melendy children live with their father and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, in a worn, but comfortable, brownstone in new York City. There’s thirteen-year-old Mona, who has decided to become an actress; twelve-year-old mischievous Rush; ten-and-a-half-year-old Randy, who loves to dance and paint; and thoughtful Oliver, who is just six. Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy’s idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). If they pool their resources and take turns spending the whole amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own. Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Random Photo: Weeping Larch

Japanese Weeping Larch





Friday, May 12, 2017

Skywatch Friday 194






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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 360: The Awakening

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from The Awakening by Amanda Stevens. This is the final installment of the Graveyard Queen series, though the ending leaves it open to another installment.



I came across the hidden grave my first day in the Woodbine Cemetery. It was late October, warm and sunny with a mild breeze stirring my nostalgia and the colorful leaves that had fallen from the dogwood trees.

(Opening paragraph)










ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Graveyard Queen #6


Shush . . . lest she awaken . . .

My name is Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer who lives with the dead. An anonymous donor has hired me to restore Woodbine Cemetery, a place where the rich and powerful bury their secrets. Forty years ago, a child disappeared without a trace and now her ghost has awakened, demanding that I find out the truth about her death. Only I know that she was murdered. Only I can bring her killer to justice. But the clues that I follow—a haunting melody and an unnamed baby's grave—lead me to a series of disturbing suspects.

For generations, The Devlins have been members of Charleston's elite. John Devlin once turned his back on the traditions and expectations that came with his birthright, but now he has seemingly accepted his rightful place. His family's secrets make him a questionable ally. When my investigation brings me to the gates of his family's palatial home, I have to wonder if he is about to become my mortal enemy.




Sunday, May 07, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

Skywatch Friday 193









Magnolias * UW Arboretum * Madison, WI * April 23, 2017



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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 359: Shadow Spell

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



Another Nora Roberts book this week -- Shadow Spell, book two in her Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy.



He struck out then, with the sword formed from the ball of fire, cleaved the air between them. He felt the burn—a bolt, a blade sear across the biceps of his left arm.

(Chapter 7)








ABOUT THE BOOK:

Series: Cousins O'Dwyer #2

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves…




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 263: A Peaceful Walk

Grady Tract, UW Arboretum, April 23



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Wordless Wednesday





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 358: Quilt or Innocence

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Quilt or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig.


Noo-Noo's fur stood up on her back and she growled, as if suddenly realizing the source of the [other dog's] concern.

"Beatrice, there's something lying on the ground over there. Near that group of trees," Posy said in a quiet voice.

(Chapter 2)







ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Southern Quilting #1

Retired folk art curator Beatrice Coleman knows everything there is to know about quilts, except how to make them. But with her recent move to Dappled Hills, North Carolina, she’s learning all sorts of new things—including how to solve a murder.

As the newest member of the Village Quilters guild, Beatrice has a lot of gossip to catch up on—especially with Posy’s Patchwork Cottage quilt shop about to close. It seems that Judith, the landlord everyone loves to hate, wants to raise the rent, despite being a quilter herself.

When Judith is found dead, the harmless gossip becomes as intricate patchwork of mischievous motives. And it’s up to Beatrice’s expert eye to decipher the pattern and catch the killer, before her life gets sewn up for good.






Saturday, April 22, 2017

Random Photo: Restored Prairie

Waiting to reawaken . . .  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Skywatch Friday 192



From April 07, 2017


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017